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Google search share slips: Report

(Reuters) - Google's dominance in search market is at saturated point? According to the research firm Strategy Analytics (SA), Google's position on the global online search market slipped slightly in the second quarter, as it retreated from the Chinese market, said on Friday.

Google's market share fell to 69.7 percent in the June quarter from 71.1 percent in the previous three months.

"Google's search revenue growth continues to slow down as the Western search market reaches maturity and Google struggles to gain share in the fastest-growing Asian markets," said Martin Olausson, analyst at Strategy Analytics.

"As a company, it will become increasingly more important for Google to find significant new revenue streams in order to offset decelerating growth in search," Olausson said.

The quitting of Google from china lead the China's Baidu, fourth-largest search provider globally, which almost caught up with Yahoo and Microsoft.

"Baidu has capitalized on Google's retreat from China and the overall rapid growth of the Chinese search market," Strategy Analytics said.

Baidu's global share rose to 4.6 percent, with Microsoft controlling 4.8 percent of the market, and Yahoo 5.4 percent.

The global online search advertising market hit $6.2 billion in the second quarter of 2010, up 2.7 percent from the previous quarter, Strategy Analytics said.

- Reuters Input

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